List of Wisden Cricketers of the Year (1889-2023)

List of Wisden Cricketers of the Year:  Tom Blundell, Ben Foakes, Harmanpreet Kaur, Daryl Mitchell and Matthew Potts have been named Wisden Cricketers of the Year 2023. 

Ben Stokes and Beth Mooney  have been awarded the title of ‘Leading Cricketers in the World’. Indian Cricketer Suryakumar Yadav has earned the title of ‘Leading T20 Cricketer in the World.

WISDEN CRICKETERS’ ALMANACK AWARDSWe are delighted to announce our Five Cricketers of the Year: Tom Blundell, Ben Foakes, @imharmanpreet, @dazmitchell47 and @mattyjpotts. The award is for excellence in, or influence on, the English summer of 2022. #wisdenawards (1/8)

— Wisden Almanack (@WisdenAlmanack)
April 17, 2023

List of Wisden Cricketers of the Year 2023

1. Harmanpreet Kaur

List of Wisden Cricketers of the Year (1889-2023)

Harmanpreet Kaur made history as the inaugural Indian Women’s cricketer to receive the prestigious title of Wisden Cricketer of the Year. Her remarkable achievement was primarily attributed to her outstanding performance during an ODI match against England in Canterbury. Harmanpreet displayed her incredible talent by scoring an impressive 143 runs off just 111 balls, leading India to a memorable ODI series victory in England, a feat not accomplished since 1999. Under her captaincy, the Indian team clinched a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham, further cementing her status as a remarkable cricketing talent. 


2. Ben Foakes

Foakes played a pivotal role in England’s extraordinary home Test summer, which witnessed an unprecedented level of success. The team triumphed in six out of their seven Test matches and experienced a remarkable turnaround under the leadership of Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes. Fokaes was crucial in two of the, as in the first match against New Zealand at Lord’s, England found themselves in a precarious position with 118 runs still needed to secure a win when Foakes stepped in to bat at the fifth wicket. Displaying great composure and skill, he guided England alongside Joe Root to a memorable victory. Foakes’ partnership with Root was instrumental in steering the team to success. Three months later, during a match against South Africa at Old Trafford, Foakes once again showcased his talent and determination. He formed a remarkable partnership of 173 runs with Ben Stokes, which not only helped England level the series but also marked Foakes’ second Test century. 

3. Daryl Mitchell

List of Wisden Cricketers of the Year (1889-2023)

Mitchell’s outstanding performance saw him accumulate an impressive total of 538 runs with an average of 107. He etched his name in history as the 15th New Zealand men’s player to achieve a Test century at Lord’s, forging a record-breaking 236-run partnership with Blundell. Mitchell’s exceptional form continued as he went on to score a brilliant 190 in Nottingham, securing his third century of the series. This remarkable feat made him the fifth New Zealand player to achieve centuries in three consecutive Tests.  In terms of records, Mitchell’s outstanding performance places him in esteemed company. Only Graham Gooch has amassed more runs in a three-match Test series in England. Additionally, joining the ranks of legends such as Don Bradman, Mitchell and Gooch became the only visiting batters to score centuries in each of their first three Tests in a series played in England.

4. Tom Blundell

Blundell showcased exceptional batting prowess during New Zealand’s Test matches in England last summer, accumulating a remarkable total of 383 runs. His standout performance came at Trent Bridge, where he notched up a century that displayed his skill and resilience. Additionally, Blundell’s contributions extended beyond that match, as he scored an impressive 96 in the second innings of the preceding Test at Lord’s and an unbeaten 88 in the final match held in Leeds.

5. Matthew Potts

List of Wisden Cricketers of the Year (1889-2023)

Potts earned his Test debut following a remarkable performance in the County Championship representing Durham. He delivered an outstanding display, achieving his personal best first-class figures of 7-40 against Glamorgan. Impressed by his skills, the selectors chose him for England’s inaugural Test against New Zealand. Just two weeks later, on his Test debut, Potts continued to shine by claiming another seven wickets, including the prized scalp of Kane Williamson with only his fifth delivery in international cricket. By the end of the summer season, Potts had showcased his exceptional talent, amassing a total of 20 wickets in five Test matches. His accomplishments further solidified his status as the first England-qualified bowler to secure six or more six-wicket hauls in a single County Championship season. Potts’ remarkable rise in international cricket demonstrated his potential and marked him as a promising talent for England’s bowling attack.

Wisden Cricketers of the Year List 2022

S.No. Cricketer
1. Harmanpreet Kaur
2. Ben Foakes
3. Daryl Mitchell
4.  Tom Blundell
5. Matthew Potts

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Leading Cricketer in the World – Joe Root

Stokes received the prestigious title of Leading Cricketer in the World (Men) following his remarkable leadership in England’s Test matches. Ahead of a transformative summer, Stokes was entrusted with the captaincy, and under his guidance, England’s approach underwent a profound change, evolving into an unstoppable force driven by fearlessness. The team’s success was evident as they achieved emphatic victories over formidable opponents like New Zealand, India, and South Africa. Furthermore, he played a pivotal role in leading England to a historic series victory in Pakistan, solidifying his reputation as an influential leader. Stokes’ exceptional year also included being a part of the victorious T20 World Cup-winning squad. His contributions to the team’s success extended beyond the Test format, showcasing his versatility and impact across different cricketing formats.

Leading Woman Cricketer in the World -Beth Mooney

Despite enduring a broken jaw just days before a highly anticipated Ashes Test match in Canberra, Mooney displayed immense determination and resilience as she made a triumphant comeback. Defying the odds, she emerged as the top scorer for Australia in the team’s second innings, contributing a remarkable 63 runs. Her performance proved pivotal in the memorable Test match. Throughout 2022, she maintained an average of over 100, an outstanding feat in itself. Notably, she played a significant role in Australia’s victory in the World Cup, where she contributed a crucial half-century in the final. This triumph marked Australia’s seventh World Cup win, underscoring Mooney’s impact in high-pressure situations. Also,  Mooney’s success extended to the Commonwealth Games, where she was an integral part of the gold medal-winning squad

Leading T20 Cricketer in the World -Suryakumar Yadav

Yadav etched his name in the record books by becoming just the second player ever to achieve the remarkable feat of scoring 1,000 T20I runs within a single calendar year in 2022. Yadav’s outstanding performances included two centuries, one against England in Nottingham and another against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui. While his run-scoring ability was remarkable, what truly set Yadav apart was his staggering strike rate. Throughout the year, he maintained an astonishing strike rate of 187.43 across 31 innings. This astounding rate showcases his ability to dominate bowling attacks and consistently score runs at a rapid pace. 

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List of Wisden Cricketers of the Year (1889-2022)


Wisden Cricketer(s) of the Year


George Lohmann, Johnny Briggs, John Ferris, Charles Turner, Sammy Woods, Bobby Peel


Bobby Abel, Billy Barnes, Billy Gunn, Louis Hall, Robert Henderson, Maurice Read, Arthur Shrewsbury, Frank Sugg, Albert Ward


Jack Blackham

Gregor MacGregor

Dick Pilling

Mordecai Sherwin

Henry Wood


William Attewell

J. T. Hearne

Frederick Martin

Arthur Mold

John Sharpe


Herbie Hewett

Lionel Palairet

Walter Read

Stanley Scott

Andrew Stoddart


George Giffen

Alec Hearne

Stanley Jackson

Harry Trott

Ted Wainwright


Bill Brockwell

Jack Brown

C. B. Fry

Tom Hayward

Archie MacLaren


W. G. Grace


Syd Gregory

Dick Lilley


Tom Richardson

Hugh Trumble


Frederick Bull

Willis Cuttell

Frank Druce

Gilbert Jessop

Jack Mason


Wilfred Rhodes

William Storer

Charlie Townsend

Albert Trott

William Lockwood


Joe Darling

Clem Hill

Arthur Jones

Monty Noble

Robert Poore


Tip Foster

Schofield Haigh

George Herbert Hirst

Tom Taylor

John Tunnicliffe


Len Braund

Charlie McGahey

Frank Mitchell

Willie Quaife

Johnny Tyldesley


Warwick Armstrong

Cuthbert Burnup

James Iremonger

Jim Kelly

Victor Trumper


Colin Blythe

John Gunn

Albert Knight

Walter Mead

Plum Warner


Bernard Bosanquet

Ernest Halliwell

James Hallows

Percy Perrin

Reggie Spooner


David Denton

Walter Lees

George Thompson

Joe Vine

Levi Wright


Jack Crawford

Arthur Fielder

Ernie Hayes

Kenneth Hutchings

Neville Knox


Albert Hallam

Reggie Schwarz

Frank Tarrant

Bert Vogler

Thomas Wass


Walter Brearley

Lord Hawke

Jack Hobbs

Alan Marshal

John Newstead


Warren Bardsley

Sydney Barnes

Douglas Carr

Arthur Day

Vernon Ransford


Harry Foster

Alfred Hartley

Charlie Llewellyn

Razor Smith

Frank Woolley


Frank Foster

J. W. Hearne

Sep Kinneir

Phil Mead

Herbert Strudwick


John Wisden


Major Booth

George Gunn

Bill Hitch

Albert Relf

Lionel Tennyson


Johnny Douglas

Percy Fender

Wally Hardinge

Donald Knight

Sydney Smith


Harry Calder

John Firth

Clement Gibson

Gerard Rotherham

Greville Stevens


Percy Adams

Percy Chapman

Adrian Gore

Lionel Hedges

Norman Partridge


Andy Ducat

Patsy Hendren

Percy Holmes

Herbert Sutcliffe

Ernest Tyldesley


Pelham Warner


Hubert Ashton

Jack Bryan

Jack Gregory

Charlie Macartney

Ted McDonald


Arthur Carr

Tich Freeman

Charlie Parker

Jack Russell

Andy Sandham


Arthur Gilligan

Roy Kilner

George Macaulay

Cec Parkin

Maurice Tate


Bob Catterall

Jack MacBryan

Herbie Taylor

Dick Tyldesley

William Whysall


Jack Hobbs


George Geary

Harold Larwood

Jack Mercer

Bert Oldfield

Bill Woodfull


Roger Blunt

Charlie Hallows

Wally Hammond

Douglas Jardine

Vallance Jupp


Les Ames

George Duckworth

Maurice Leyland

Sam Staples

Jack White


Ted Bowley


Tuppy Owen-Smith

Walter Robins

Bob Wyatt


Donald Bradman

Clarrie Grimmett

Beverley Lyon

Ian Peebles

Maurice Turnbull


Bill Bowes

Stewie Dempster

James Langridge

Nawab of Pataudi senior

Hedley Verity


Ewart Astill

Freddie Brown

Alec Kennedy

C. K. Nayudu

Bill Voce


Fred Bakewell

George Headley

Stan Nichols

Leslie Townsend

Cyril Walters


Stan McCabe

Bill O’Reilly

George Paine

Bill Ponsford

Jim Smith


Jock Cameron

Errol Holmes

Bruce Mitchell

Denis Smith

Arthur Wellard


Charlie Barnett

Bill Copson

Alf Gover

Vijay Merchant

Stan Worthington


Tom Goddard

Joe Hardstaff Jr

Len Hutton

Jim Parks Sr

Eddie Paynter


Hugh Bartlett

Bill Brown

Denis Compton

Kenneth Farnes

Arthur Wood


Learie Constantine

Bill Edrich

Walter Keeton

Brian Sellers

Doug Wright


Alec Bedser

Laurie Fishlock

Vinoo Mankad

Peter Smith

Cyril Washbrook


Martin Donnelly

Alan Melville

Dudley Nourse

Jack Robertson

Norman Yardley


Lindsay Hassett

Bill Johnston

Ray Lindwall

Arthur Morris

Don Tallon


Trevor Bailey

Roly Jenkins

John Langridge

Reg Simpson

Bert Sutcliffe


Godfrey Evans

Sonny Ramadhin

Alf Valentine

Everton Weekes

Frank Worrell


Bob Appleyard

Tom Dollery

Jim Laker

Peter May

Eric Rowan


Harold Gimblett

Tom Graveney

David Sheppard

Stuart Surridge

Fred Trueman


Neil Harvey

Tony Lock

Keith Miller

Johnny Wardle

Willie Watson


Bruce Dooland

Fazal Mahmood

Eric Hollies

Brian Statham

George Tribe


Colin Cowdrey

Doug Insole

Jackie McGlew

Hugh Tayfield

Frank Tyson


Dennis Brookes

Jim Burke

Malcolm Hilton

Gil Langley

Peter Richardson


Peter Loader

Arthur McIntyre

Collie Smith

Mickey Stewart

Clyde Walcott


Les Jackson

Roy Marshall

Arthur Milton

John Reid

Derek Shackleton


Ken Barrington

Donald Carr

Ray Illingworth

Geoff Pullar

M. J. K. Smith


Neil Adcock

Ted Dexter

Roy McLean

Raman Subba Row

Vic Wilson


Bill Alley

Richie Benaud

Alan Davidson

Bill Lawry

Norm O’Neill


Don Kenyon

Mushtaq Mohammad

Peter Parfitt

Phil Sharpe

Fred Titmus


Brian Close

Charlie Griffith

Conrad Hunte

Rohan Kanhai

Garfield Sobers


Geoffrey Boycott

Peter Burge

Jack Flavell

Graham McKenzie

Bob Simpson


Colin Bland

John Edrich

Dick Motz

Peter Pollock

Graeme Pollock


Bob Barber

Basil D’Oliveira

Colin Milburn

John Murray

Seymour Nurse


Asif Iqbal

Hanif Mohammad

Ken Higgs

Jim Parks junior

Nawab of Pataudi junior


Jimmy Binks

David Green

Barry Richards

Derek Underwood

Ossie Wheatley


Basil Butcher

Alan Knott

Majid Khan

Mike Procter

Don Shepherd


Jack Bond

Clive Lloyd

Brian Luckhurst

Glenn Turner

Roy Virgin


Geoff Arnold

Bhagwat Chandrasekhar

Lance Gibbs

Brian Taylor

Zaheer Abbas


Greg Chappell

Dennis Lillee

Bob Massie

John Snow

Keith Stackpole


Keith Boyce

Bevan Congdon

Keith Fletcher

Roy Fredericks

Peter Sainsbury


Dennis Amiss

Mike Denness

Norman Gifford

Tony Greig

Andy Roberts


Ian Chappell

Peter Lee

Rick McCosker

David Steele

Bob Woolmer


Mike Brearley

Gordon Greenidge

Michael Holding

Viv Richards

Bob Taylor


Ian Botham

Mike Hendrick

Alan Jones

Ken McEwan

Bob Willis


David Gower

John Lever

Chris Old

Clive Radley

John Shepherd


Joel Garner

Sunil Gavaskar

Graham Gooch

Derek Randall

Brian Rose


Kim Hughes

Robin Jackman

Allan Lamb

Clive Rice

Vintcent van der Bijl


Terry Alderman

Allan Border

Richard Hadlee

Javed Miandad

Rod Marsh


Imran Khan

Trevor Jesty

Alvin Kallicharran

Kapil Dev

Malcolm Marshall


Mohinder Amarnath

Jeremy Coney

John Emburey

Mike Gatting

Chris Smith


Martin Crowe

Larry Gomes

Geoff Humpage

Jack Simmons

Sidath Wettimuny


Phil Bainbridge

Richard Ellison

Craig McDermott

Neal Radford

Tim Robinson


John Childs

Graeme Hick

Dilip Vengsarkar

Courtney Walsh

James Whitaker


Jonathan Agnew

Neil Foster

David Hughes

Peter Roebuck

Saleem Malik


Kim Barnett

Jeff Dujon

Phil Neale

Franklyn Stephenson

Steve Waugh


Jimmy Cook

Dean Jones

Jack Russell

Robin Smith

Mark Taylor


Mike Atherton

Mohammad Azharuddin

Alan Butcher

Desmond Haynes

Mark Waugh


Curtly Ambrose

Phillip DeFreitas

Allan Donald

Richie Richardson

Waqar Younis


Nigel Briers

Martyn Moxon

Ian Salisbury

Alec Stewart

Wasim Akram


David Boon

Ian Healy

Merv Hughes

Shane Warne

Steve Watkin


Brian Lara

Devon Malcolm

Tim Munton

Steve Rhodes

Kepler Wessels


Dominic Cork

Aravinda de Silva

Angus Fraser

Anil Kumble

Dermot Reeve


Sanath Jayasuriya

Mushtaq Ahmed

Saeed Anwar

Phil Simmons

Sachin Tendulkar


Matthew Elliott

Stuart Law

Glenn McGrath

Matthew Maynard

Graham Thorpe


Ian Austin

Darren Gough

Muttiah Muralitharan

Arjuna Ranatunga

Jonty Rhodes


Chris Cairns

Rahul Dravid

Lance Klusener

Tom Moody

Saqlain Mushtaq


Mark Alleyne

Martin Bicknell

Andrew Caddick

Justin Langer

Darren Lehmann


Andy Flower

Adam Gilchrist

Jason Gillespie

V. V. S. Laxman

Damien Martyn


Matthew Hayden

Adam Hollioake

Nasser Hussain

Shaun Pollock

Michael Vaughan


Chris Adams

Andrew Flintoff

Ian Harvey

Gary Kirsten

Graeme Smith


Ashley Giles

Steve Harmison

Robert Key

Andrew Strauss

Marcus Trescothick


Matthew Hoggard

Simon Jones

Brett Lee

Kevin Pietersen

Ricky Ponting


Paul Collingwood

Mahela Jayawardene

Mohammed Yousuf

Monty Panesar

Mark Ramprakash


Ian Bell

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Ottis Gibson

Zaheer Khan

Ryan Sidebottom


James Anderson

Dale Benkenstein

Mark Boucher

Neil McKenzie

Claire Taylor


Stuart Broad

Michael Clarke

Graham Onions

Matt Prior

Graeme Swann


Tamim Iqbal

Eoin Morgan

Chris Read

Jonathan Trott

Not awarded


Tim Bresnan

Alastair Cook

Glen Chapple

Alan Richardson

Kumar Sangakkara


Nick Compton

Hashim Amla

Jacques Kallis

Dale Steyn

Marlon Samuels


Shikhar Dhawan

Charlotte Edwards

Ryan Harris

Chris Rogers

Joe Root


Moeen Ali

Gary Ballance

Adam Lyth

Angelo Mathews

Jeetan Patel


Jonny Bairstow

Brendon McCullum

Steve Smith

Ben Stokes

Kane Williamson


Ben Duckett

Younis Khan


Toby Roland-Jones

Chris Woakes


Shai Hope

Heather Knight

Jamie Porter

Natalie Sciver

Anya Shrubsole


Tammy Beaumont

Rory Burns

Jos Buttler

Sam Curran

Virat Kohli


Jofra Archer

Pat Cummins

Simon Harmer

Marnus Labuschagne

Ellyse Perry


Zak Crawley

Jason Holder

Mohammad Rizwan

Dom Sibley

Darren Stevens


Jasprit Bumrah

Devon Conway

Ollie Robinson

Rohit Sharma

Dane van Niekerk


 Tom Blundell

Ben Foakes

Harmanpreet Kaur

Daryl Mitchell 

Matthew Potts


Wisden Cricketers of the Year

Each year, Wisden recognises the cricketers to be inducted into the ‘Wisden Cricketers of the Year list’. The induction is purely based on the influence of the cricketers on the previous English season. 

The award began with the naming of ‘Six Great Bowlers of the Year’ in 1889 and continued with the naming of ‘Nine Great Batsmen of the Year’, and ‘Five Great Wicket-Keepers’ in 1891. 

Since its inception, the annual award has recognized key players of the year with a few notable exceptions.

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